Actions Speak Louder Than Words

As I have mentioned in the past I subscribe to “Charlyne Cares” a daily devotional from Rejoice Marriage Ministries. Granted every day the devotionals provide inspiration, encouragement and support but every now and then there is a devotional that is so moving that it needs to be shared beyond the Charlyne Cares subscription base.

Today was one of those devotionals.  I would like to thank Charlyne Steinkamp for giving me the permission to reprint today’s devotional and encourage you to visit Rejoice Marriage Ministries. It is a site that is focused on marriage, the restoration of marriage and the healing of sick marriages. It is also a great place for encouragement and study for building a stronger relationship with Christ.

Life is tough we are surrounded  by mixed messages.  Surrounded  by people who say one thing, but their actions show what they really mean.   My prayer is that this article will encourage you to focus on what you say compared to what you do.   A couple of my favorite sayings are:

Character is who you are when no one is looking

Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words by Charlyne Steinkamp

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with
actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong
to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence
whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our
hearts, and he knows everything.” I John 3:18-20

How many times have you heard the saying, “Actions speak louder
than words?” What does that mean to you today? You may have a
spouse who has been saying, “I love you” and suddenly they packed
their bags and filed for divorce. “Actions speak louder than
words.” May I use another example that you can also understand
very quickly. Your husband or wife may have been a professing
Christian, but now they have left, possibly filed for divorce and
there is another person involved. “Actions speak louder than
words.” How many people do you know personally, professionally
or politically that say one thing, but do another? “Actions
speak louder than words.”

As we start a new year, ask the Lord if you are putting into
practice what you have been learning as a Christian. Ask the
Lord (and yourself) if you are a Sunday Christian or a seven-day-
a-week Christian, striving to be more Christ-like each and every
day, which is the Lord’s desires for everyone. Does your daily
behavior demonstrate to others that you are a Christian? If not,
may you repent and start this new year with doing a personal
heart examination regarding if you are acting, speaking, living
and reacting as a Christian daily.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.
Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do
what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror
and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately
forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into
the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this,
not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be
blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25

Wow! Are you understanding these scriptures? May this new year,
you pray to the Lord that you will hunger and thirst for the Word
of God to come alive to you like never before. Never forget to
pray to become the husband or wife and father or mother that you
need to be, but always putting God first in your daily life.
Then the Lord will give you wisdom, knowledge and understanding
in everything you need to do. May this scripture below be your
heart’s desire:

“This has been my practice: I obey your precepts. You are my
portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words. I have
sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according
to your promise. I have considered my ways and have turned my
steps to your statutes. I will hasten and not delay to obey
your commands.” Psalm 119:56-60

We have heard of so many praise reports from many standers about
their husband or wife contacting them in many different ways.
God is moving, so you need to continue to pray for a spiritual
breakthrough for your beloved husband or wife or loved ones and
that they will come home in godly sorrow turning their heart to
repentance. A truth for both you and your beloved husband or
wife is this:

“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are
corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both
their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know
God, but by their actions they deny him.” Titus 1:15-16a

As you read and study the Bible, are you taking the instructions,
the precepts and principles that the Lord is teaching you as you
diligently apply them to your own personal life by putting them
into practice? As you have your daily devotion time, may you ask
the Lord to help you practice what you read and what you speak.

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by
his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from
wisdom.” James 3:13

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do
them.” John 13:17

May these scriptures encourage you to search your heart and be
certain that you do not simply read the Word, but put into action
what your Lord is teaching you daily. Be careful that you do not
become deceived. If you talk faith, you need to walk in faith.

“I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my
words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a
house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on the rock.
When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not
shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my
words and does not put them into practice is like a man who
built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment
the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction
was complete.” Luke 6:47-49

Where are you today? Are you doubleminded? Are you saying one
thing to your spouse, family or friends and then saying something
else to the Lord daily? May you apply and put into practice and
demonstrate daily all that you really believe. May you ask the
Lord to give you boldness so that you can share about your Lord
Jesus Christ daily to others, but also about the importance of
marriage restoration. Never forget: “Action speaks louder than
words!”

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or
seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be
with you.” Philippians 4:9

Copyright © Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc., 2008, Pompano Beach, FL  Reprinted with permission.